Category Archives: Message From Amber

RAW Hollywood Photographer of the Year

RAW City Finalists Announced

It’s official! I can now call myself RAW Hollywood Photographer of the Year. Quick shout out to anyone who voted and got me into the top 5 . Semi-finalists were judged, narrowed down to 3 and winners were awarded on November 21st at OHM Nightclub in Hollywood. It was a fun night full of fashion, art and music!

RAW Event

Photo Credit: Gil Riego Photography

What does a gal with a bump wear to such an event? “Comfortable” was on the tip of my tongue. No heels, no confining fabrics… I was in for a long night and I needed to feel as good as possible. I went with a high wasted, simple, clean dress that had a bit of embellishment around the collar, threw on a pair of boots and headed to the show!

Amber Accepting RAWard

Accepting the RAWard for Hollywood Photographer of the Year
Photo Credit: Gil Riego Photography

What’s next? Nationals! All city finalists go on to compete with each other across the nation. View the lineup of talent from across the country here. A national and final winner will be announced in each category on December 16th but I’m just excited to be representing Hollywood along with all these other fantastic artists!

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Style The Bump

2014 is definitely going to be a new year for the Cleek/Wards! In February, we’ll be welcoming a new addition to the family. We’re 23 (going on 24) weeks pregnant and couldn’t be more excited for our new adventure!

When these first couple of photos were taken I was at that “awkward” stage. I hate to use that word but for me, I was trying to figure out this new bod! It’s not that I wanted to hide my bump, it’s just that I didn’t have that big, beautiful belly to show off yet. It’s also a time where (if you’re pregnant) some of you may not have shared your news with the world yet. Here are a few great ways that helped me conceal the little seed growing inside.

Now I realize this didn’t start out as a pregnancy blog and most of my readers probably aren’t pregnant. Be assured that I’m still going to be blogging about style and fun ways to put things together, I just won’t be flying solo in the photos for the next few months!

Stretchy skirt and loose top

I had a last-minute event to go to and no evening outfits that fit right!
This stretchy skirt and loose, graphic tank were exactly what I needed.
(17 weeks)

Stretchy Skirt

(17 weeks)

Empire waist dress with stretchy band

Stretchy waist band, an obvious and super comfortable must!
Opt for a dress with an empire waist.
(17 weeks)

This is a life saver! By using The Belly Belt you can still fit into your regular jeans!

The Belly BeltThe Belly BeltThe Belly Belt

Step One: Button the one side of The Belly Belt to your pants …
Step Two: Choose from a number of buttons to attach the belt …
Step Three: Throw your shirt over your zipper and voila! No maternity clothes necessary!
(A longer shirt works best because you probably won’t be able to zip your pants all the way up.)

Baby Bump and Sweater Dress

When the time comes, don’t be afraid to show off that beautiful bump! You’ve got a human growing inside there and that’s pretty amazing! Throw on a sweater dress with some boots and you’ll be an instant (not to mention comfy) hot mama!
(23 weeks)

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Keep Up Those Votes!

RAWardsThe RAWards is one of the biggest indie art shows in the world. 15,000 artists participate, and I decided to be one of them which means I NEED YOUR VOTE!

Three easy steps:

  1. Click VOTE NOW
  2. Login or register on the RAW site (next to “nominate me” on my profile page)
  3. Place your vote today and every day through October 9th

** It’s a bit of a pain in the butt, BUT, you must be registered to vote. This helps keep things fair!

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I Need Your Vote!

RAWards Banner

The RAWards are one of the biggest indie art shows in the world. 15,000 artist participate and I decided to be one of them which means I NEED YOUR VOTE! It’s simple, just click VOTE NOW and place your vote for me today through October 8th! You can vote once a day per day, per category. Please forward this info on to a friend. Every vote counts!

If you’d like to check out my work before you vote please visit: www.amberward.com or watch my RAW artist interview.

Thanks in advance!

**Please note that the site is loading slow today. Probably lots of people on there. Be patient while the page loads!

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RAW Artist “Generation” Exhibit

Generation

I’m very excited to announce that I’ve been selected to participate in the RAW artist “Generation” show on March 6th, 2013 in Hollywood, CA. Click here to purchase tickets. Choose “Buy a ticket for this artist” and be sure to select me as the artist you are supporting!

When: March 6th, 2013
Time: From 7:00PM to 12:00AM
Where: The El Rey in Hollywood, CA
Ticket Price: $15
To purchase tickets and view my profile visit: http://www.rawartists.org/amberward

 

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Wonderful Wednesday

I’ve got a busy week so Monday’s post will be the one and only. Be sure to stop back next week for some fresh looks. Have a great weekend!

Last chance – “Inspire Me” Photos

“Inspire Me” photos are due tomorrow. Don’t be afraid to step in front of that camera and show us what you’ve got!

Email photos* to: imamberward@gmail.com along with a brief description and tell me which look from my blog you were inspired by. (*Be sure to take your photos in a well lit room against a clean background!)

Deadline: May 8th, 2012

Reminder

May 8th is just around the corner (5 days to be exact) so be sure to get those photos in. Thanks to all the lovely ladies who already sent in their images. I can’t wait to share them with all of you!

Email photos* to: imamberward@gmail.com along with a brief description and tell me which look from my blog you were inspired by. (*Be sure to take your photos in a well lit room against a clean background!)

Deadline: May 8th, 2012

Don’t Forget

Hey fashionistas, don’t forget to send in your photos (re: Inspire Me)

Email photos* to: imamberward@gmail.com (Email a photo, brief description and tell me which look from my blog you were inspired by. I’ll post your photo so others, along with myself, can be inspired by you!)

Deadline: May 8th, 2012

*Be sure to take your photos in a well lit room against a clean background!

Inspire me

Over the past few weeks I’ve received emails from you guys telling me how you’ve created your own looks based on my posts! Well, now I want you to inspire me! Email a photo, brief description and tell me which look from my blog you were inspired by. I’ll post your photo so others, along with myself, can be inspired by you!

Email photos* to: imamberward@gmail.com

Deadline: May 8th, 2012

*Be sure to take your photos in a well lit room against a clean background!